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November 28, 2012
APHA calls for action on electronics exposures

The American Public Health Association (APHA) and other organizations have called on the global electronics industry to step up efforts to protect workers and communities. They cite adverse health effects from toxic chemicals used to make electronic products.

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Dr. Jeong-ok Kong, an occupational health physician with the Korean government, noted, “Weak or nonexistent regulations, lack of information about the chemicals to which they are being exposed, insufficient oversight, and a failure to consistently report and track disease patterns associated with the industry compound the problem in many Asian manufacturing facilities.” He said the industry has not responded adequately.

The APHA has endorsed three strategies to address the problem: employee right to know, prevention through design, and health surveillance.

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